These crispy halloumi fries are naughty little treats but it’s February after all and we think you deserve it. They are extremely easy to make and totally more-ish. We had these over the weekend as an alternative to a dinner party starter. They were perfect served casually in a dish with a dip alongside it. A sweet chilli sauce dip would work equally well so it’s really a matter of taste.
For an ultra quick cheat you can buy breadcrumbs but they are super easy to make as well (see tip below). The quantities for this recipe are really as a guideline but feel free to omit, add or reduce the herbs and spices.
What you need:
- 1 block of Halloumi
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 egg beaten
- approx 1 cup of breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
- about a teaspoon of lemon zest
- a good squeeze of lemon juice (to taste)
- sprinkle of paprika (we used lots – but entirely to your taste)
- Vegetable oil
- approx 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Cut the block of halloumi lengthways so you have two rectangles. Now slice these into 6 fingers each.
- Prepare three plates: a. flour with some black pepper. b. one beaten egg. c. breadcrumbs mixed with a little oregano as it presents well on the outside of the halloumi.
- Dip a piece of halloumi in the flour. Shake off the excess. Next fully coat it in the egg mixture and dip front and back in the breadcrumbs. Repeat for all the halloumi fries. It’s slightly messy work!
- You can prepare these in advance and cover until you need to cook them.
- Cover the pan in a layer of vegetable oil and place all the halloumi fries in the pan once very hot. Keep turning them until they are golden brown (a couple of minutes tops).
- Serve with a dip of either greek yogurt (with lemon juice, zest & paprika) or some sweet chilli sauce. Best served piping hot sitting in front of the TV for your next duvet day!
Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs whizz a few slices of (slightly stale) bread in a food processor – add seasoning and optional herbs. You can freeze for future use. Or for dry breadcrumbs place evenly on a baking tray and bake on a low heat (approx 120 c) for about 20-25mins until golden brown.